1. Power of the Powerless by Christopher de Vinck. Read more here.
  2. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  3. The Chosen, Chaim Potok
  4. Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
  5. The Jacobite Trilogy, D.K. Broster – “The novels that immortalized the 1745 Jacobite uprising” in Scotland.  Laced with high character values.
  6. The Pendragon Cycle, Stephen Lawhead (Taliesin, Merlin, Arthur, etc.) – a profoundly Christian rendering of these legends.  If you liked Lord of the Rings, you’ll love these.  (I’ll definitely read these again.)
  7. Before I goLetters to Our Children about What Really Matters, Peter Kreeft.  You can read and excerpt here.
  8. Everywhere in Chains, James Casper.  I have found that it’s hard these days to find a good Christian novel that is well written with good characterization and not “preachy”.  James Casper has achieved this with this, his first novel.  I really did not want it to end.  And I look forward to his future books.
  9. Silence,  Shasuko Endo.  A classic.  Powerful.  Disturbing ending.  I’m not sure if “disturbing” is the right word–very thought provoking.

A link to some of Anthony Esolen’s writings: http://www.catholicity.com/commentary/esolen/ Professor Esolen, in my opinion, is always worth reading.  Not only does he have worthwhile things to say, he also writes well.

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